“Does It Make Sense to Scrap Psychiatric Diagnosis?”

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Allen Frances considers the overreaches of “paradigm shifts” by the DSM-5 and NIMH, and Lucy Johnstone’s call for “a conversation with service users along these lines: ‘Some people would call your experiences bipolar/schizophrenia/personality disorder, but we currently have no evidence that there really is such an illness . . . Other people argue that it is better to try and understand your feelings in terms of what has happened to you, without using these labels. It’s your choice as to how you prefer to see your problems. What would make most sense to you?'”

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